In November of 2010, I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer, a rare and aggressive cancer. My heart sank when the doctor asked about my insurance coverage during one of my first examinations. I am a single parent and the sole provider for my children. Insurance was simply unaffordable.
I went to my van and cried. It was a Friday, the start of the longest weekend that I can remember. The doctor had suggested I call Utah Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, and on Monday I did. They told me that they were happy to help me fight this disease, and that my job was to focus on getting better.
While I still worried about how I was going to tell my children, my family, and my mother, I no longer worried about how I would afford the help I needed. Knowing I had support from the Cancer Program gave me the first ray of hope I’d felt since my diagnosis. I was able to focus on the battle for my life and my kids.
I speak on behalf of the women that have been helped by the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. The program has touched many families and loved ones, providing hope that we can watch our sons and daughters grow into men and women, and maybe, someday become grandmothers. Not only do my kids and I need this program, all Utah families facing the same situation need this program.